Welcome to the January 2021 edition of ‘Innovatus,’ a special issue of YFile devoted to teaching and learning innovation at York University. It offers compelling and accessible feature-length stories about York University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, internationalization and the student experience.
To lessen the social isolation caused by the pandemic, faculty and staff at the Glendon Campus have sought ways to build connections among students and the community. Three programs have decreased social isolation, fostered a strong sense of community, while giving students a chance to practise their non-dominant official language (English or French) in unique experiential education settings.
A new study by York University researchers found that testing is effective in controlling COVID-19 infections in schools as long as it’s done frequently, and the tests are processed quickly.
Faculty of Health Associate Professor Parissa Safai has been appointed as Special Advisor to the President for Academic Continuity Planning and COVID-19 Response. She will lead a small, dedicated team of staff members who will focus on managing the University’s response to COVID in 2021.